2/1/2019 12:00:00 PM / Nick Konotopskyj
Bandits head coach Rich Kigour on playing a Colorado team that is coming in with a 1-4 record:
"That’s the worst thing you can do is say they’re 1-4. In this league, it’s already been proven. Philly beat Rochester last night. They hadn’t had a win yet and they go and tough one out. Colorado is 1-4, but at the same time, they’ve been in a lot of tough games. They worst kind of animal is a wounded one and right now, they’re wounded. They’re looking to get that second win and we’re looking to get our sixth. It’s going to be a battle of the wills. Every night, we say, ‘Let’s just go 1-0 this weekend.’ That’s the plan tonight. Let’s just go 1-0."
On what it means to play on Tucker Out Lymphoma Night (details on what to expect for the special night can be found here):
"Tucker was a fighter and he took it all the way to the end as hard as he could. That’s just a testament to the family... It’s a great thing that the Bandits do... It’s always been a great night and I really look forward to it.".
No defensive lineup changes are expected as the Bandits are coming off a 15-5 win on Sunday in New England.
Josh Byrne will miss his third-straight game with a lower-body injury. Kilgour said they'll continue to monitor his status with team doctors and not rush him back.
-Chris Ryndak, Bandits.com
After securing their largest victory of the season in New England last week, the Buffalo Bandits are set to return home to face a Western Division foe. The Colorado Mammoth come to KeyBank Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday for the only matchup on the season for the two clubs.
Saturday’s game will also be Tucker Out Lymphoma Night. The evening will honor the memory of Tucker Williams, the son of former Bandits player Shawn Williams, who lost his battle with Burkitt lymphoma in 2014.
Dylana Williams, Tucker’s sister, will sing the Canadian national anthem prior to the game. During the game, both Bandits and Mammoth players will wear special “Braver Than Brave” jerseys that were designed by Tucker’s brother, Dyson Williams. The game-worn jerseys are currently available to be bid on by fans by clicking here. Additional items will be added to the auction throughout the week. The auction will end on Monday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m.
The Bandits will also be hosting a Bald for Bucks event prior to the game at 5 p.m. Each person that raises money for the “Buffalo Bandits Fan Team” will have the opportunity to get their heads shaved by a Bandits player. Proceeds from this event will benefit Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the name of Tucker and the entire Williams family, and will be earmarked for the organization’s pediatric unit.
Last Saturday, Buffalo fell behind early and ended up losing to the Rochester Knighthawks by a score of 18-13. Thomas Hoggarth led the Bandits with three goals while Shawn Evans (1+4) and Corey Small (2+3) each had five points.
Last Sunday was a different story. The Bandits were the ones who got an early lead, and Matt Vinc only allowed five goals to help lead Buffalo to a 15-5 victory.
The Bandits are first in the NLL in goals (100) and in goal differential (plus-21.) The Bandits are now 5-2 on the season and 3-1 at home. After not being on the road for over one month, Buffalo earned a split of their back-to-back road games last weekend.
Evans leads the Bandits through four games with 48 points (12+36) while Dhane Smith has 34 points (9+ 25). Josh Byrne has 31 points (8+23), Corey Small also has 31 points (17+14) and Thomas Hoggarth has 29 points (18+11). Vinc has been stellar in goal for Buffalo and the defense, led by captain Steve Priolo, has been solid in front of him.
Colorado comes into Saturday’s game with a 1-4 record after losing 11-10 in overtime on Saturday against the Vancouver Warriors. The Mammoth are led by Ryan Benesch with 25 points (12+13), Eli McLaughlin with 19 points (10+9), and Jeremy Noble with 18 points (2+16).